Spain’s Azpilicueta joins Atletico Madrid as free agent

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Spain’s Azpilicueta joins Atletico Madrid as free agent

Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spanish defender, on a one-year contract as a free agent. This move comes after Azpilicueta’s departure from Chelsea, where he had spent 11 seasons. The Premier League club agreed to release him with one year remaining on his contract. Azpilicueta, 33, is returning to Spain after 13 years, having previously played for Osasuna from 2007 to 2010.

During his time at Chelsea, Azpilicueta became a key player, joining the club from Olympique de Marseille in 2012. He made over 500 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and providing 56 assists. Azpilicueta also won every major title with Chelsea. The club’s chairman and co-controlling owner praised him as a warrior, champion, and loyal legend who set high standards for more than a decade.

Before choosing Atletico Madrid, Azpilicueta was linked with a potential move to Inter Milan in Serie A. However, he ultimately decided to join Atletico. His transfer adds to the list of players leaving Stamford Bridge this offseason, including Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, and Edouard Mendy, who all joined Saudi Pro League clubs. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s rivals Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United have signed Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, and Mason Mount, respectively.

As Chelsea looks to rebuild under former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino after finishing 12th last season, they have made signings of their own. Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson have joined the club as forwards. This marks Chelsea’s worst finish to a season since 1994.

In summary, Atletico Madrid has secured the signing of Cesar Azpilicueta, who left Chelsea after 11 successful seasons. Azpilicueta’s return to Spain marks the end of his time in the Premier League, where he made a significant impact and won numerous titles with Chelsea.

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